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Grandmother and Child

Bonnard, Pierre (1867-1947), 1894, Painting, oil on panel, 34.4 x 41.9

Pierre Bonnard was born in Fontenay-aux-Rose, south-west of Paris. At the insistence of his father, a high-ranking official in the French Ministry of War, Bonnard studied for a degree in law at the University of Paris.  At the same time, he attended evening classes at the Académie Julian. Later he studied at the École des Beaux Arts and decided to become an artist.  Bonnard’s early works were influenced by Post-Impressionist art and depicted mainly scenes of Parisian life, landscapes, and still lifes.  His paintings were exhibited with those of the group known as Les Nabis at the Salon des Indépendants and also  with the Fauves at the Salon d’Automne.   Bonnard  later developed his own style and became well known for his interior scenes of domestic life, which reflected his own serene life.   In 1940 Bonnard became one of the very few foreign artists to have been elected as a member of the Royal Academy.  <em>Grandmother and Child,</em> dated 1894, was acquired by the LACF in 1939.  A work by Sickert, bought in 1938, was traded in part exchange for this work.